No World Cup bonanza for Sri Lanka’s cricketers


Sri Lanka’s Cricketers will be paid less than ten percent from the guarantee fee the ICC will grant SLC.

by Rex Clementine

Sri Lanka’s cricketers have decided to go down without a fight having agreed to take home less than ten percent of the guarantee fee Sri Lanka Cricket would get from the International Cricket Council as a grant for participation in cricket’s showpiece event – the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

The portion of the players’ take home from the ICC grant has been a bone of contention since the time Sanath Jayasuriya was the skipper. This time, however, the players have agreed for the proposed US$ 300,000 from Sri Lanka Cricket, which would mean that each player would get something around US$ 20,000.

The ICC grant is believed to be worth around US$ four million and in 2007 the national cricketers and then President Jayantha Dharmadasa agreed that the players take home would be 25% of the grant which is US$ One million which worked out to each player earning over US$ 66,000.

At various stages, players have negotiated with SLC for a fair share but this is the lowest amount they will be getting from SLC for participation at an ICC event. The players were initially reluctant to sign the contracts but eventually had to toe the line after one senior player signed the contract early without discussing it with the others.  

The players are not in a position to bargain either, given their current rankings in white ball cricket. Sri Lanka are ranked eighth in ODI cricket and ninth in T-20s.

However, the deal is not entirely bad as the players will be paid a winning bonus.  SLC has agreed to part with US$ 50,000 for each game that Sri Lanka wins and there is an opportunity for players to take home a better pay pack.

SLC pays a portion of the guarantee fee for the players for loss of revenue as their images are being used by the ICC to promote the event. The contracts that players sign contains an Ambush Marketing Clause which protects the event sponsors. The players cannot sign up to promote a rival product of the World Cup sponsors during the event and 30 days before or after the tournament.

Team building camp in Madu Oya

Sri Lanka’s World Cup squad and the coaching staff will spend five days at the Special Forces camp in Madu Oya going through a team building programme designed by Head Coach Chadika Hathurusingha. This program will begin on the 22nd of April and then the players will head to Dambulla for a week long residential camp in preparation for the World Cup.

The national cricket team will leave for England on the 7th May in a bid to acclimatize to the conditions. Sri Lanka will play two ODIs in Edinburgh against Scotland on the 18th and 21st of May. Then they will play South Africa in a warm-up game in Cardiff on the 24th May and another practice game in Southampton against Australia on the 27th May.

The World Cup gets underway on the 30th of May with hosts England taking on South Africa at the London Oval. Sri Lanka’s’ first game is two days later on the 1st of June in Cardiff. They will take on New Zealand.

No Sponsor for World Cup

Sri Lanka Cricket’s highly paid marketing staff have come under fire for their inefficiency after being unable to find a sponsor for the national team. The World Cup is cricket’s showpiece event but the inability of the Marketing Department to find a sponsor has infuriated top cricket officials. The national cricket team could be playing the World Cup without displaying a sponsors’ logo although cricket remains the most popular sport in the country by a country mile.

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